A family of bears was relocated from a highway median in Massachusetts, and according to officials, the quick rescue operation went “beary well.”
On Thursday morning, state police closed an area of Route 2, a four-lane highway in Templeton, to relocate a mother bear and her cubs that set up a temporary den in a nearby highway median, Associated Press reported. State environmental police tranquilized the mother bear, and safely moved the bear clan to a nearby state forest.
Everything went beary well! Mother 🐻 was tranquilized. Mother & cubs have been relocated to a safe location by @MAEnviroPolice & MassWildlife in nearby State Forest.
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) March 14, 2019
“Everything went ‘beary’ well! Mother bear was tranquilized. Mother and cubs have been relocated to a safe location by Massachusetts Environmental Police and MassWildlife in [a] nearby state forest,” Massachusetts State Police wrote on Twitter. “Thank you all for your patience in #MAtraffic while we made this happen.”
Authorities said the bears had to be moved, due to the risk of injury or death for the animals and motorists traveling on Route 2. The highway, which was shut down for roughly 45 minutes, was reopened once the bears were transported.
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